A 1995 collection of poems that finds John Ashbery at his most conversational, funny, and surprising
A captivating experiment in traditional poetic form, from one of the most untraditional American poets ever to set pen to paper
Is poetry the act of putting something together, or the art of taking something apart? Houseboat Days, one of John Ashbery’s most celebrated collections, offers its own answer
Remarkable for its introspection and for the response it elicited when it was first published in 1977, Houseboat Days is Ashbery’s much-discussed follow-up to his 1975 masterpiece Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror and remains one of his most studied books to date.
A provocative, challenging masterpiece by John Ashbery that set a new standard for the modern prose poem
“The pathos and liveliness of ordinary human communication is poetry to me,” John Ashbery has said of this controversial work, a collection of three long prose poems originally published in 1972, adding, “Three Poems tries to stay close to the way we talk and think without expecting what we say to be recorded or remembered.”